Trained in Beaux-Arts and Modern design approaches, he was appointed to the School of Architecture by Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., in 1978. During his 11 years in leadership, Amico led the expansion and development of the architecture faculty and facilities, strengthened the school’s connections to Rome and Chicago, and secured the first full-term National Architecture Accrediting Board accreditation. He became professor emeritus in 2010, concluding 11 years as chairman and 32 years as professor.
In 2011, he established Amico LLC, Art and Design. Over the years, he was involved in numerous community service projects and served on several boards of directors.
Prior to his work at Notre Dame, Amico spent 12 years in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his alma mater, where he was a professor, faculty research fellow and chairman of architecture design. He was also an alumnus from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.